Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 3rd Nov 2012 02:14 UTC
Google "The Nexus 4 is absolutely wonderful, but it's also vexing. Frustrating. Annoying. It's easily the best Android phone on the market right now, and has some of the most powerful software that's ever been put on a mobile phone. It's an upgrade from last year's Galaxy Nexus in every way. It's terrific - save for one small thing. " Lack of LTE, obviously. Bigger issue for me as a European: glass back. Apparently it cracks. Who'da thunk?
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is this a phone?
by ikidunot on Sat 3rd Nov 2012 04:09 UTC
ikidunot
Member since:
2011-06-04

The review says reception/call quality rates a 6. Is this a phone or an MP3 player?

Once again Google proves it hasn't a clue.

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RE: is this a phone?
by WorknMan on Sat 3rd Nov 2012 06:09 in reply to "is this a phone?"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Once again Google proves it hasn't a clue.


You'll probably get modded down for that comment, but you are exactly right. When the iPhone 4s came out, Fandroids blasted it for not having LTE, not having a removable battery, not having an SD card slot, having a glass back that could shatter easily, etc. Now that the Nexus 4 is out, the irony is certainly not lost on me.

And this isn't any ordinary Android phone either - it's the phone that those of us who wanted stock Android and care about timely updates were told we are supposed to buy. That makes it the flagship Android phone, and really the only one that matters. And now Android users are expected to choose between a phone that has been violated by carriers and one with specs mostly straight out of 2010.

This is a sad, sad day for the Android community, and Google should be ashamed. If Apple can give us a phone with LTE on all major networks that is untouched by carriers, why can't Google? If you think HSPA+ is fine, you obviously haven't lived in an area with good LTE coverage, and experienced the difference between 20mbps and 4mbps.

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RE[2]: is this a phone?
by some1 on Sat 3rd Nov 2012 16:03 in reply to "RE: is this a phone?"
some1 Member since:
2010-10-05

iPhone was never designed to be sold off contract, so the excuses to not have LTE it had none. Nexus 4 is an experiment with a completely unlocked phone. As a consumer I'd prefer a fully "productionized" phone, of course, but Nexus line was always on the experimental side, with Google's partners producing mainstream devices. Google clearly doesn't treat sales of Nexus the same way as Apple treats sales of iPhone, allowing itself more room for research.
I'm more concerned about glass back than anything else (rigid back of my gnex feels quite nice). We'll see how it goes. And if you want some features not in Nexus 4 you can always, you know, buy another phone.

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RE[2]: is this a phone?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Sat 3rd Nov 2012 16:42 in reply to "RE: is this a phone?"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

And this isn't any ordinary Android phone either - it's the phone that those of us who wanted stock Android and care about timely updates were told we are supposed to buy. That makes it the flagship Android phone, and really the only one that matters. And now Android users are expected to choose between a phone that has been violated by carriers and one with specs mostly straight out of 2010.


The best solution is always to find the phone with the specs you care about and has a cyanogenmod build available. For people who want the best android experience, anyways.

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RE[2]: is this a phone?
by Radio on Sat 3rd Nov 2012 22:20 in reply to "RE: is this a phone?"
Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

"Once again Google proves it hasn't a clue.


You'll probably get modded down for that comment, but you are exactly right. When the iPhone 4s came out, Fandroids blasted it for not having LTE, not having a removable battery, not having an SD card slot, having a glass back that could shatter easily, etc. Now that the Nexus 4 is out, the irony is certainly not lost on me.

"The irony is completely lost on you.

A ton of fandroids are angry and calling out Google on its choices - and not drinking the kool aid, or living in the reality distortion field,or rewriting history like fanbois do. And the Nexus 4 for all it lacks is far cheaper than the similarly "crippled" iPhone 4 ever was.

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RE[2]: is this a phone?
by JAlexoid on Mon 5th Nov 2012 19:44 in reply to "RE: is this a phone?"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

If Apple can give us a phone with LTE on all major networks that is untouched by carriers, why can't Google?

iPhone is not untouched by operators. iPhone is tested on all the networks that officially sell it. New software releases go through a rigorous testing process. And it still gets stuff turned off at the request of operators.

One thing that is true - it has no bloatware. But otherwise it's not really that different from what Android releases go through.

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RE: is this a phone?
by Neolander on Sat 3rd Nov 2012 07:06 in reply to "is this a phone?"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

The review says reception/call quality rates a 6. Is this a phone or an MP3 player?

Once again Google proves it hasn't a clue.

If you read the article carefully, this rating is simply due to the lack of LTE, and "regular" HSPA communications will work just fine.

Misleading rating in my opinion. But then again, the same reviewer will also consider getting more than 16 hours of battery life out of a cellphone as some sort of wonderful achievement...

Battery life was also top notch. I'm used to getting just about a day of use on my Galaxy Nexus (that's taking it off of the charger around 8AM or 9AM, and putting it back on around 2AM). Some days it doesn't quite make it that long, depending on my workload. The Nexus 4 fared much better. At the time of this writing, I've had it off of its charger for 10 hours and 30 minutes and it's still got 45 percent battery life. Yesterday before I plugged it in, I'd had it off the charger for 16 hours, with 18 percent of its juice left. To say it's holding up for full work days would be an understatement; even with heavy use, this battery more than pulls its weight.

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